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Meaning & Definition of Subordinate in English

English

Subordinate

/səbɔrdənet/

noun

1. An assistant subject to the authority or control of another

    synonym:
  • subordinate
  • ,
  • subsidiary
  • ,
  • underling
  • ,
  • foot soldier

2. A word that is more specific than a given word

    synonym:
  • hyponym
  • ,
  • subordinate
  • ,
  • subordinate word

verb

1. Rank or order as less important or consider of less value

  • "Art is sometimes subordinated to science in these schools"
    synonym:
  • subordinate

2. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

  • "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
    synonym:
  • subordinate
  • ,
  • subdue

adjective

1. Lower in rank or importance

    synonym:
  • subordinate
  • ,
  • low-level

2. Subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

  • "A subordinate kingdom"
    synonym:
  • subordinate

3. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

  • "A subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
    synonym:
  • dependent
  • ,
  • subordinate